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Program Participants
The following are the people that have informed us that they intend to be on one or more programming events at this year's capclave. The list will be updated as people's schedules are finalized.
Danielle Ackley-McPhail Craig L. Gidney L. H. Moore Michelle D. Sonnier
Jeanne Adams Carolyn Ives Gilman Sunny Moraine Bud Sparhawk
Scott H. Andrews Beverly Haaf James Morrow Janine Spendlove
Catherine Asaro Kimberly G. Hargan Kathryn Morrow Ian Randal Strock
John Ashmead Bjorn Hasseler Malka Older Michael Swanwick
Sarah Avery Inge Heyer Joshua Palmatier K.M. Szpara
Kate Baker Larry Hodges Irette Y. Patterson Michael A. Ventrella
Martin Berman-Gorvine Thomas Holtz L. Penelope Sean Wallace
Dustin Blottenberger Victoria Janssen Vanessa Phin David Walton
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen William Jones Sarah Pinsker Jean Marie Ward
Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry David Keener Nalin A. Ratnayake Lawrence Watt-Evans
Neil Clarke Barbara Krasnoff Scott Roberts Fran Wilde
Brenda W. Clough Dina Leacock Lezli Robyn Diane Williams
M'Shai Dash Yosef Lindell Margaret Ronald Kenesha Williams
Tom Doyle Ken Liu Lawrence M. Schoen Steven H. Wilson
Deidre Dykes Natalie Luhrs Darrell Schweitzer Brigitte Winter
Scott Edelman Shahid Mahmud Alex Shvartsman A.C. Wise
Meg Eden Will McIntosh Hildy Silverman Allen L. Wold
Jim Freund Mike McPhail Jon Skovron Darcy Wold
Charles E. Gannon Bernie Mojzes Alan Smale K. Ceres Wright
Ron Garner B. Sharise Moore Chad Eric Smith  

Danielle Ackley-McPhail [Schedule]
Award-winning author Danielle Ackley-McPhail has worked both sides of the publishing industry for over seventeen years. Currently, she is a project editor and promotions manager for Dark Quest Books.

Her published works include four urban fantasy novels, Yesterday's Dreams, Tomorrow's Memories, the upcoming Today's Promise, and The Halfling's Court: A Bad-Ass Faerie Tale. She is also the author of the non-fiction writers guide, The Literary Handyman and is the senior editor of the Bad-Ass Faeries anthology series, Dragon's Lure, and In An Iron Cage. Her work is included in numerous other anthologies and collections, including Rum and Runestones, Dark Furies, Breach the Hull, So It Begins, By Other Means, No Man's Land, Space Pirates, Space Horrors, Barbarians at the Jumpgate, and New Blood.

She is a member of the New Jersey Authors Network and Broad Universe, a writer's organization focusing on promoting the works of women authors in the speculative genres.

Danielle lives somewhere in New Jersey with husband and fellow writer, Mike McPhail, mother-in-law Teresa, and three extremely spoiled cats. She can be found on LiveJournal (damcphail, badassfaeries, darkquestbooks, lit_handyman), Facebook (Danielle Ackley-McPhail), and Twitter (DMcPhail). To learn more about her work, visit,, or

Jeanne Adams [Schedule]
Jeanne Adams is an award-winning suspense and fantasy author who knows all about getting rid of the body. Both traditionally and indie-published, Jeanne has been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine. Her books have been hailed as “Best Suspense Books of the Year!"
Scott H. Andrews [Schedule]
Scott's literary short fiction has won a $1000 prize from the Briar Cliff Review, and his genre short fiction has appeared in venues including Weird Tales, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and Space and Time and is forthcoming in On Spec. He is a finalist for the World Fantasy Award and Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Hugo Award finalist fantasy e-zine Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which which Locus calls "a premier venue for fantastic fiction, not just online but for all media." Scott lives in Virginia with his wife, two cats, nine guitars, a dozen overflowing bookcases, and hundreds of beer bottles from all over the world.
Catherine Asaro [Schedule]
Propped against the bookcase in Catherine Asaro's home is the diploma of her Harvard Ph.D. in chemical physics. Nearby, dangling from the doorknob, is a bag stuffed with the tights and leotards she wears when she pulls herself away from her writing for ballet class. A former professional dancer, this California native has little time for the ballet barre these days. Instead, she's fielding speaking offers and meeting deadlines for her novels.

Catherine is a bestselling author of science fiction and fantasy. She has won numerous awards, including the Nebula® for her novel The Quantum Rose and her novella "The Space-time Pool." Her latest book, The Bronze Skies, came out in September 2017. It is a stand alone science fiction mystery in the Major Bhaajan universe (part of the Skolian Empire). Her story "The Wages of Honor," set in the universe of Ruby Dynasty, is included in the October 2017 anthology entitled Infinite Stars: Definitive Space Opera and Military Science Fiction, edited by Bryan Thomas Schmidt.

Catherine earned her doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Harvard. She has coached numerous math teams, in particular the Chesapeake ARML program. She is a member of SIGMA, a think tank of speculative writers that advises the government on future trends affecting national security. She is also known for her advocacy in bringing girls and women into STEM fields. She has been an invited speaker at various institutions, including the National Academy of Sciences, Harvard, Georgetown, NASA, the New Zealand Context Writer's program, and the US Naval Academy. She has also been the Guest of Honor at numerous Science Fiction conventions, and looks forward to having that honor at Balticon 52.

You can chat with her at

John Ashmead [Schedule]
has BA in physics from Harvard, summa cum laude, and a masters in physics from Princeton. For several years he was an assistant editor for Asimov's SF Magazine.

Currently he is a computer consultant, making sure you get your bills & TV commercials on time ( No thanks necessary; the work is its own reward.

And he is also finishing up a Ph.D. dissertation, Quantum Time, doing occasional talks at SF conventions, and building a website to help you build interesting maps on the internet. His lifetime goal is to build a really practical time machine."

Sarah Avery [Schedule]
Sarah Avery won the 2015 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for her contemporary fantasy novella collection, Tales from Rugosa Coven, which follows the adventures of some very modern Pagans in a supernatural version of New Jersey even weirder than the one you think you know. Trafficking in Magic, Magicking in Traffic, an anthology she coedited with David Sklar, includes stories from James Enge, Darrell Schweitzer, and Elizabeth Bear. Her short fiction has appeared in Black Gate, Jim Baen's Universe, and Fantasy Scroll. She's an escaped academic with a Ph.D. in English Literature and a private practice as a writing coach. Her newest book, The Imlen Brat, debuts with a release party at this Capclave. It was edited by World Fantasy Award winning editor Betsy Mitchell and illustrated by Kate Baylay thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, and described by Alfie Award winning editor John O'Neill as "a tale of court intrigue, fast-changing alliances, and the constant subtle peril of being an adopted daughter in an enemy royal house ... a compact Game of Thrones, with mighty pirate kingdoms, weather wizards, quarrelsome ghosts, curses, and secret magics." You can find out more and download free reads at her website.
Kate Baker [Schedule]
Kate Baker is the Podcast Director and Non-fiction Editor for Clarkesworld Magazine. She has been very privileged to narrate over 350 short stories/poems by some of the biggest names in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Kate won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine in 2011 and 2013, the British Fantasy Award for Best Magazine in 2014 and the World Fantasy Award for Special Award: Non Professional in 2014 alongside the wonderfully talented editorial staff of Clarkesworld Magazine.

Kate has also read for various other audio venues such as StarShipSofa, Escape Pod, Nightmare Magazine, Mash Stories, The Drabblecast and Cast of Wonders.

Kate is currently situated in Northern Connecticut with her first fans; her three wonderful children. She is currently working as the Director of Operations for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).

Martin Berman-Gorvine [Schedule]
Martin Berman-Gorvine is the author of six science fiction novels:the Sidewise Award-winning The Severed Wing (Livingston Press, 2002); 36 (Livingston Press, 2012); Seven Against Mars (Wildside Press, 2013); Save the Dragons! (Wildside Press, 2013), which was a finalist for the Prometheus Award; Ziona: A Novel of Alternate History (an expansion of the short story Palestina published inInterzone magazine, May/June 2006) (Amazon/CreateSpace, 2014); and Heroes of Earth (Wildside Press, 2015).

A short story featuring Rachel and Katie, the main characters in Seven Against Mars, appears in the 2015 feminist science fiction anthology Brave New Girls under the title Of Cats' Whiskers and Klutzes.

The first of Martin's four-book Days of Ascension horror novel series, All Souls Day, was published in February 2016 by Silver Leaf Books, and the second book of the series, Day of Vengeance, is due out in late 2016 or early 2017.

Martin lives in Montgomery County, Maryland with his wife and younger son, four cats, and a sort of Muppet dog.

Websites and social media:
Social media:
Twitter: @MeshuggeWriter

Dustin Blottenberger [Schedule]
Dustin Blottenberger is a writer, painter, and printmaker living in the jungles outside of Baltimore, MD. He picked up a paintbrush at five years old and since then he’s been putting paint on the strangest things, even when people tell him not to. When he came of an age to appreciate sharp objects, he merged these two loves to start carving linoleum blocks and making prints. His father told him he should come up with some sort of plan to fall back on—something sensible and lucrative—so Dustin also decided to start writing a novel. Along with Brigitte Winter, he is the co-founder of No Discipline Arts Collective (@NoDisciplineArtsCollective on Facebook), an artist-led initiative committed to producing cross-disciplinary work that breaks down traditional boundaries between isolated artists and disciplines. Since August 2014, No Discipline has presented six pop-up art events featuring 50 artists and writers and benefiting causes including the ALS Foundation, the Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Columbia Writers, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. You can find Dustin on Twitter and Tumblr @NeverSayDustin, and on Etsy at
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen [Schedule]
Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen has published stories in England and America. Her first novel, Claiming Her, was published by Wildside Press in 2003. Her second novel, Reforming Hell, published in 2009, is its sequel and completes the tale, and in 2011, her first mystery, a police procedural, Baby Boy Blue, was published by Wildside Press. She has also published stories and poetry in America and England and is currently working on both a children's book and a mainstream novel. Mattie has also done reviews for The New York Review of Science Fiction, has articles in the nonfiction Neil Gaiman Reader (Wildside Press), and enjoys singing, playing guitar, and performing her own and others' songs. She lives in Philadelphia, PA with her husband, author and editor Darrell Schweitzer, and their two literary cats, Tolkien and Lilliput.
Jack Campbell - John G. Hemry [Schedule]
Jack Campbell/John Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series, the Lost Stars series, and the Pillars of Reality series. His most recent books are The Lost Stars - Imperfect Sword, The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier – Steadfast, and The Dragons of Dorcastle. John's works have been published in eleven languages. His short fiction includes works covering time travel, alternate history, space opera, military SF, fantasy, and humor.

John has also written articles on real declassified Cold War plans for US military bases on the Moon, and Liberating the Future: Women in the Early Legion (of Superheroes) in Sequart's Teenagers From the Future. At somewhat erratic intervals he presents his talk on Everything I Needed To Know About Quantum Physics I Learned From The Three Stooges, showing how Stooge skits illustrate principles of quantum physics.

John is a retired US Navy officer, who served in a wide variety of jobs including surface warfare (the ship drivers of the Navy), amphibious warfare, anti-terrorism, intelligence, and some other things that he's not supposed to talk about. Being a sailor, he has been known to tell stories about Events Which He Says Really Happened (but which cannot be verified by any independent sources). This experience has served him well in writing fiction.

He lives in Maryland with his indomitable wife "S" and three great kids (all three on the autism spectrum).

Neil Clarke [Schedule]
Neil Clarke is the publisher and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine and the cyborg anthology, Upgraded. He’s a four-time Hugo Award Nominee for Best Editor Short Form and the first volume of his Best Science Fiction of the Year series was published in June by Night Shade Books. His next anthology, Galactic Empires, will be published in January. Neil lives in New Jersey with his wife and two sons.
Brenda W. Clough [Schedule]
Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath(1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel,An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.

Her novel How Like a God, forthcoming from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires.

Her web site is

M'Shai Dash [Schedule]
is a freelance writer and blogger from Washington D.C. She's a pop-culture connoisseur and Legend of Zelda fanatic who writes about blerd (black nerd) culture, social justice issues, and afrofuturism. Dash is currently a staff writer for
Tom Doyle [Schedule]
is the author of a contemporary fantasy series from Tor Books. In the first book, American Craftsmen, two modern magician soldiers fight their way through the legacies of Poe and Hawthorne as they attempt to destroy an undying evil--and not kill each other first. In the sequel, The Left-Hand Way, the craftsmen are hunters and hunted in a global race to save humanity from a new occult threat out of America's past.

Tom's collection of short fiction, The Wizard of Macatawa and Other Stories, includes his WSFA Small Press Award and Writers of the Future Award stories. He writes science fiction and fantasy in a spooky turret here in Washington, DC. You can find the text and audio of many of his stories on his website.

Deidre Dykes [Schedule]
Deidre Delpino Dykes is a birdmom, writer, and coffee-fueled ne'er-do-well. She presently works as a 9-5er and a freelance writer for assorted fiction and non-fiction projects. She has a B.A. In English Literature as well as a Diploma in Baking and Pastry and she lives outside of Washington, DC with several parrots. She co-runs the local writing critique group, Columbia Writers. Deidre has seven published pieces of short and flash fiction, is seeking representation for a contemporary fantasy manuscript, and is always working on something new.
Scott Edelman [Schedule]
Scott Edelman has published more than 85 short stories in such magazines and anthologies as The Twilight Zone, Dark Discoveries, MetaHorror, The Mammoth Book of Monsters, and many others. Upcoming short stories will appear in Analog magazine and the anthology You, Human.

His collection of zombie fiction, What Will Come After, released in 2010, was a finalist for both the Stoker Award and the Shirley Jackson Memorial Award. His science fiction short stories have been collected in What We Still Talk About. He has been a Bram Stoker Award finalist six times. A collection of zombie novelettes titled Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them will be out soon from Written Backwards Press.

Additionally, Edelman worked for the Syfy Channel for more than thirteen years as editor of Science Fiction Weekly, SCI FI Wire, and Blastr. He was the founding editor of Science Fiction Age, which he edited during its entire eight-year run. He has been a four-time Hugo Award finalist for Best Editor.!/scottedelman

Meg Eden [Schedule]
Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, RHINO and Gargoyle. She teaches creative writing at the University of Maryland. She has five poetry chapbooks, and her novel Post-High School Reality Quest is published with California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Books. Find her online at or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.
Jim Freund [Schedule]
Jim Freund has been involved in producing radio programs of and about literary sf/f since 1967, when he began working at New York City's WBAI-FM at age 13. Jim has been sole host of the radio program Hour of the Wolf - - which continues to broadcast weekly - - since 1974. Archives of past episodes of Hour of the Wolf are available on-demand for several weeks after broadcast. A podcast version of new and 'classic' programs is anticipated with bated breath.

Over the years, he has produced myriad radio dramas and lost track long ago of how many interviews and readings he has conducted. He considers himself a specialist in presenting the author’s voice as well as working with professional narrators. His work has been twice nominated for and once was a winner of the Major Armstrong Award for Excellence in Radio Production.

This past June saw the release of Chatting Science Fiction: Selected Interviews from Hour of the Wolfproduced by Skyboat Media and available through as a CD set and through or iTunes as downloads. Highlights include discussions with Ursula K. Le Guin, Ray Bradbury, Nalo Hopkinson, Ken Liu, and a dozen more great minds of the fantastic genres.

Jim is also the host for Lightspeed Magazine’s podcast, as well as its Post-Production Editor, a stint which has led him led him astray into the world of editing and producing audiobooks.

Jim is currently Producer and Executive Curator of The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings, now in its 26th season. The series is now available on Livestream, live and on-demand. He has also dabbled in producing for the New York stage -- once with alarming success. He occasionally maintains his Web site at and sporadically tweets as @JimFreund, but for now you’re more likely to encounter him on Facebook.

Jim lives in Brooklyn with writer Barbara Krasnoff and a myriad of stuffed toy penguins.

Charles E. Gannon [Schedule]
Dr. Charles E. Gannon's Nebula-nominated novel, Fire With Fire, won the 2014 Compton Crook Award and was a national bestseller. The next volume in this hard sf interstellar epic, Trial By Fire, was an August 2014 title, as was Gannon’s next Ring of Fire collaboration with Eric Flint, 1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indies. Their 1635: The Papal Stakes, was a Wall Street Journal Best Seller, and their 2014 The Aethers of Mars—a short novel comprised of two braided novellas, one by each author—is the first book in the Steam, Aether, Empire steampunk universe. Gannon’s other work includes the Starfire novel Extremis (w/ Steve White), stories in various shared universes (Honorverse, Man-Kzin, War-World), and novellas in anthologies such as Going Interstellar and magazines such as Analog.

Dr. Gannon won the 2006 ALA Choice Award for Rumors of War and Infernal Machines, was a Distinguished Professor of English at St. Bonaventure University and a Fulbright Senior Specialist (2004-2009). Dr. Gannon, a member of the sf think-tank SIGMA, has advised the Pentagon, Air Force, Army, NATO, DARPA, DHS, NASA, NRO, and other agencies. His earlier credits include writing/editing games (Traveller, 2300 AD) and film and TV writing and production in NYC. He has appeared in a number of national radio and TV venues, including The Discover Channel's "Curiosity" and NPR.

Ron Garner [Schedule]
is an officer in the United States Marine Corps. He holds an undergraduate degree in computer science from Mississippi College, and a law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An avid reader and writer of science fiction and fantasy, Ron also spends an unreasonable amount of time running and biking. He currently resides with his wife and daughter in Washington, DC. Learn more at
Craig L. Gidney [Schedule]
Carolyn Ives Gilman [Schedule]
Carolyn Ives Gilman is a museum exhibit developer by day and a science fiction writer by night. She has written two novels and four stories in the loosely connected Twenty Planets universe. Her latest novel is a space exploration adventure, Dark Orbit. Her other books include Isles of the Forsaken and Ison of the Isles, a two-book fantasy about culture clash and revolution, and Halfway Human. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Fantasy and Science Fiction, The Year's Best Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Interzone, Universe, Full Spectrum, Realms of Fantasy, and others. She has been nominated for the Nebula Award three times and for the Hugo twice.

Gilman lives in Washington, D.C., and works at the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution). She is also author of several nonfiction books about North American frontier and Native history.

Beverly Haaf [Schedule]
Kimberly G. Hargan [Schedule]
is a retired professional alien. (That is to say, a U.S. diplomat, so in his career he was an alien in whatever country the U.S. government stationed him.) He grew up on the west coast of the United States of America, living at various times in the states of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. In college he studied archaeology, earning a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a master's (and almost a doctorate) from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. While at SUNY Albany he attended a presentation by a recruiter for the Foreign Service and decided to give that a try. He joined the Foreign Service in 1987, and has since served in press and cultural positions at U.S. embassies in Denmark, Tanzania, China, Kazakhstan, the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg, and the embassies in Armenia and Finland, as well as several assignments in Washington, D.C.
Bjorn Hasseler [Schedule]
Bjorn Hasseler found Eric Flint's novel 1632 in a public library. Then he discovered that fans were not just allowed but encouraged to write in the 1632 universe. He has had thirteen stories in The Grantville Gazette (with another appearing soon) and one in the anthology Ring of Fire IV. He works for editor-in-chief Walt Boyes as the managing editor of The Grantville Gazette and stays up way too late trying to hand the next issue in on time. Please, bother him about how to write for the Gazette. Bjorn lives in Laurel, Maryland and is an education coordinator for University of Maryland University College.
Inge Heyer [Schedule]
Inge Heyer was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. She completed her secondary education there, after which she accepted a scholarship to attend Tenri University in Tenri, Japan, where she followed a life-long dream to study Judo and the Japanese language. After this two-year academic "detour" she decided to follow her interest in astronomy, fueled by watching way too much Star Trek. After moving to the US and obtaining a BA in astronomy and physics at Smith College and an MS in astronomy from the University of Hawaii, Inge worked as a data analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope in Baltimore for 14 years, then moved back to Hawaii to be the public information officer for the British observatories on Mauna Kea. After receiving her Ph.D. in science education from the University of Wyoming earlier this year, Inge is now back on the East Coast as a visiting assistant professor in the Physics Department of Loyola University Maryland.

And in case you were wondering how the Hubble images got into episodes of Babylon-5 and Star Trek, you're looking at the trouble-maker who instigated this...

Larry Hodges [Schedule]
Larry Hodges's third novel, Campaign 2100: Game of Scorpions, a political satire/drama, was published in 2016, by World Weaver Press. The novel covers the election for president of Earth in the year 2100, where the world has adopted the American two-party electoral system, and features a third-party moderate challenge that pits father against daughter – with an alien ambassador along for the ride. His next SF novel, When Parallel Lines Meet," which he co-wrote with Mike Resnick and Lezli Robyn, comes out October 2017 from Phoenix Pick Publishers. A resident of Germantown, MD, Larry's an active member of SFWA with over 80 short story sales. He's a graduate of the six-week 2006 Odyssey Writers Workshop and the two-week 2008 Taos Toolbox Workshop. He has 13 books and over 1700 published articles in over 150 different publications. He's also a professional table tennis coach! Visit him at
Thomas Holtz [Schedule]
Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is Principal Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology in the Department of Geology, University of Maryland. His primary research focus is on the origin, evolution, biology, and behavior of carnivorous dinosaurs, most especially the tyrant dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus rex and kin). In addition to his professional technical publications, he is author of popular audience books on dinosaurs (most especially the 2007 Random House Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages.) Also, he is a frequent consultant and guest for documentaries on dinosaurs, paleontology, and evolution.

He lives with his wife, cats, and bearded dragon in central Prince Georges County, Maryland.

Victoria Janssen [Schedule]
Victoria Janssen's most recent novel is The Duke and the Pirate Queen, fantasy erotica from Harlequin Spice. It has pirates and the Island of the Lotus Eaters (or maybe that episode of Star Trek where Spock puffs flowers with Jill Ireland). It's set in the same fantasy universe as her first novel, The Duchess, Her Maid, The Groom and Their Lover. The Duchess... subverted a number of romance novel tropes and might be the only Harlequin book ever featuring a sex scene with eunuchs. It's been translated into French, German, and Russian.

Her second novel, The Moonlight Mistress, an erotic historical set during World War One, was a finalist for an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, and has been translated into Italian. It has lots of accurate period detail, werewolves, and a Zouave on a motorbike. It might also be the first Harlequin book to feature explicit gay sex. A tie-in story, "Under Her Uniform," was published electronically as a Spice Brief in May 2012.

Under her pseudonym, Elspeth Potter, Janssen has sold over thirty short stories, many of them genre. For a full list, please visit her website. She also serves as a reviewer for Publishers Weekly. You can follow her on Twitter at victoriajanssen.

William Jones [Schedule]
is the founder of Afrofuturism Network, a historian, educator and self-described "comic book geek." William Jones is the author of The Ex-Con, Voodoo Priest, Goddess, and the African King, which is an analysis of black comic book heroes. He frequently speaks about the history of black people in America, the image of black people in various forms of media, pop culture, and hip-hop music on various college campuses and at conferences both nationally and abroad. Afrofuturism Network seeks to support the ever-growing community of black writers, artists, and thinkers in the realms of sci-fi, fantasy, comic books and film. AFN analyzes the contributions and portrayal of black characters in these mediums.
David Keener [Schedule]
By day, David Keener is a wage-earning, creativity-deprived office worker for a soul-sucking government contracting firm.* By night, however, he's a fantasy and science fiction writer whose first story in his Pageeda & Scuffee fantasy series, The Bitter Days of Autumn, will be published in October 2014.

David is an experienced public speaker who appears frequently at technical conferences, and a veteran conference runner. He will be conducting the "Public Speaking for Writers" workshop at Capclave.

* David is actually exercising a bit of artistic license here. During the day, he actually gets paid well to work with some pretty decent people on software that helps keep the US just a little bit safer.

Barbara Krasnoff [Schedule]
Barbara Krasnoff has published short stories in over 30 publications, includingAbyss & Apex, Triptych Tales, Mythic Delirium, Space and Time, Crossed Genres, Electric Velocipedeand Apex Magazine, among others. She's contributed to a variety of anthologies, including Clockwork Phoenix 2, 4 and 5, Fat Girl in a Strange Land, Such A Pretty Face: Tales of Power & Abundance, Subversion, Menial, Broken Time Blues, and Memories and Visions: Women's Fantasy and Science Fiction. She also published the nonfiction YA book Robots: Reel to Real. She is currently working on a collection of related short stories entitled Lost Connections.

When Barbara isn't making a living as Sr. Reviews Editor for Computerworld, she's hanging out with the NYC writers group Tabula Rasa or in Brooklyn, NY with her partner Jim Freund. And for fun, each weekday she publishes a captioned photo that is part of a series she calls Backstories

Dina Leacock [Schedule]
Diane Arrelle, the pen name of South Jersey writer Dina Leacock, has sold more than 250 short stories and has two published books including Just A Drop In The Cup, a collection of short-short stories. She has a new collection of horror stories due out in the mid-fall.

She is proud to be one of the founding members as well as the second president of the Garden State Horror Writers and is also a past president of the Philadelphia Writers' Conference.

Having recently retired from being director of a municipal senior citizen center, she has started a new small publishing company, Jersey Pines Ink LLC. She resides with her husband and her cat on the edge of the Pine Barrens (home of the Jersey Devil).

Yosef Lindell [Schedule]
is a lawyer, writer, and occasional historian. His short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among other venues, and has appeared in translation. Yosef resides in Silver Spring, MD with his wife and son. You can find him online at
Ken Liu [Schedule]
Natalie Luhrs [Schedule]
Natalie Luhrs writes essays and criticism at Pretty Terrible ( and was previously the science fiction and fantasy reviewer for RT Book Reviews. She dabbles in writing speculative fiction and poetry, but non-fiction is her bread and butter. She’s known for her coverage of various issues within the science fiction and fantasy community and can be found on Twitter as @eilatan. She is also a co-founder of the intersectional feminist geek blog The Bias
Shahid Mahmud [Schedule]
Will McIntosh [Schedule]
Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and finalist for the Nebula and twelve other SF/F awards. His most recent books are Watchdog, which will be released on October 10 and has been optioned for an animated TV series, Faller (Tor Books) and YA novel Burning Midnight (Penguin Random House). His previous book Defenders (Orbit Books) was optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film, while Love Minus Eighty was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association-RUSA, and has also been optioned for a television series. Along with five novels, Will has published around fifty short stories in Asimov's (where he won Reader's Awards in 2010 and 2013), Lightspeed, Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year, and elsewhere. Will was a psychology professor before turning to writing full-time, and still occasionally teaches Introductory Psychology at the College of William and Mary. He lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their twins. You can follow him on Twitter @willmcintoshSF, or on his website,
Mike McPhail [Schedule]
Author and graphic artist Mike McPhail is a member of the Military Writers Society of America. He is dedicated to helping his fellow service members (and those deserving civilians) in their efforts to become authors/editors/artists, as well as supporting related organizations in their efforts to help those “who have given their all for us.”

He is best known as the editor and illustrator of the award-winning Defending The Future series of military science fiction anthologies, which just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

In 2015 he added the title of publisher, as the co-owner of eSpec Books LLC, Speculative Fiction Publishing.

Bernie Mojzes [Schedule]
Much to his embarrassment, Bernie Mojzes has outlived Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Janice Joplin and the Red Baron, without even once having been shot down over Morlancourt Ridge. Having failed to achieve a glorious martyrdom, he has instead turned his hand to the penning of paltry prose in the pathetic hope that he shall here find the notoriety that has thus far proven elusive. Should Pity or perhaps a Perverse Curiosity move you to seek him out, he can be found at (wherein one might find a convenient list of titles to avoid), or upon the Book of Faces or the Land of Twits as brni_x, with a preceeding "@" in the latter case.

In his copious free time, he publishes and co-edits an online magazine known variously and non-exhaustively as Unlikely Story, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, The Journal of Unlikely Cryptography, and more! Available for an unlimited time only for the low, low price of $0 at
B. Sharise Moore [Schedule]
Raised an extroverted only child in Florence, New Jersey; B. Sharise Moore's love of literature was ignited by the wit of Roald Dahl and Judy Blume. In 2001, she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from Rutgers University. Between 1998 and 2011 she chiefly wrote and performed poetry; producing 5 chapbooks, 3 CDs, slam titles, awards, and appearances in literary journals. She became a certified English instructor in 2004, teaching courses in English, Drama, Journalism, and Language Arts before leaving to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore in 2011. In 2008, she self-published Taste: an Erotic Fantasy, dubbed "a fantastic story and multifaceted tale," by A. Kai of the Raw Sistaz Reviewers. At present, she is working on a historical fantasy fiction YA novel while serving as a member of the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.
L. H. Moore [Schedule]
has been published in the anthology Sycorax's Daughters and all three Dark Dreams anthologies of Black horror writers. She has also had a poem published in Apex Magazine. She holds a master's degree in historic preservation. She loves history and it informs her writing. An artist, she also loves classical guitar, travel, and video games.
Sunny Moraine [Schedule]
Sunny Moraine's short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, and Apex, among many other places. Their work has also appeared in the anthologies We See a Different Frontier and Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History. They are responsible for the novels Line and Orbit (co-written with Lisa Soem) and the Casting the Bones trilogy, as well as Labyrinthian (coming January 2015).

In additional to occasional authoring, Sunny is a doctoral candidate in sociology and a college instructor; that last may or may not have been a good move on the part of their department. Their academic alter-ego is a regular contributor to Cyborgology, concerning technology and politics and fiction and reality and lots of other things. They can also be found making words at and on Twitter as @dynamicsymmetry.

James Morrow [Schedule]
James Morrow has been writing fiction ever since, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, he dictated "The Story of the Dog Family" to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author's private archives.

Upon reaching adulthood, Jim proceeded to write ten novels, most of them in a satiric-theological mode, including Only Begotten Daughter (World Fantasy Award), Towing Jehovah (World Fantasy Award), Blameless in Abaddon (a New York Times Notable Book of the Year), The Last Witchfinder (called "provocative book-club bait" and "an inventive feat" by Janet Maslin), The Philosopher's Apprentice ("an ingenious riff on Frankenstein" according to NPR), and Galápagos Regained (called "one of the most utterly strange and enjoyable mock-heroic quests of recent years" by the Chicago Tribune).

Jim's stand-alone novellas include City of Truth (Nebula Award), Shambling Towards Hiroshima (Sturgeon Memorial Award), The Madonna and the Starship, and—coming next year from Tachyon—The Asylum of Dr. Caligari.

Kathryn Morrow [Schedule]
edited The SFWA European Hall of Fame: Sixteen Contemporary Masterpieces of Science Fiction from the Continent with her husband James Morrow. The two of them were recently nominated for Jeff and Ann VanderMeer's inaugural Last Drink Bird Head Award in the International Activism category.
Malka Older [Schedule]
Malka Older is a writer, aid worker, and PhD candidate. Her science fiction political thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post, and the sequel Null States will comes out in September 2017. She was nominated for the 2016 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at the Institut d’Études Politques de Paris (Sciences Po) explores the dynamics of multi-level governance and disaster response using the cases of Hurricane Katrina and the Japan tsunami of 2011.
Joshua Palmatier [Schedule]
A professor of mathematics at SUNY College at Oneonta, Joshua Palmatier has published nine novels to date—the "Throne of Amenkor" series (The Skewed Throne, The Cracked Throne,The Vacant Throne), the "Well of Sorrows" series (Well of Sorrows, Leaves of Flame, Breath of Heaven), and the "Ley" series (Shattering the Ley, Threading the Needle, Reaping the Aurora). He is currently hard at work on the start of a new series, as yet untitled. He has also published numerous short stories and has edited numerous anthologies. He is the founder/owner of a new small press called Zombies Need Brains LLC, which focuses on producing SF&F;themed anthologies, the most recent being Submerged, The Death of All Things, and All Hail Our Robot Conquerors!. Find out more at or at You can also find him on Facebook under Joshua B. Palmatier and Zombies Need Brains, and on Twitter at @bentateauthor and @ZNBLLC.
Irette Y. Patterson [Schedule]
Irette Y. Patterson is a native of Atlanta, GA. Her stories have appeared in People of Color Take Over Fantastic Stories of the Imagination as well as on She is a Voices of Our Nations Arts alumna and the 2016 winner of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing Contest. You can find her online at and on Twitter at @Irette.
L. Penelope [Schedule]
L. Penelope has been writing since she could hold a pen and loves getting lost in the worlds in her head. She writes fantasy and paranormal romance with characters who match the real world. Her debut novel, Song of Blood & Stone, won the 2016 Self-Publishing eBook Award from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The previously self-published fantasy series was picked up by St. Martin’s Press for publication starting 2018. She lives in Maryland with her family.
Vanessa Phin [Schedule]
Sarah Pinsker [Schedule]
Sarah Pinsker is the author of the 2015 Nebula Award winning novelette Our Lady of the Open Road. Her novelette In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind was the 2014 Sturgeon Award winner and a 2013 Nebula finalist. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Lightspeed, Fantasy & Science Fiction, and Uncanny, among others. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth forthcoming. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her wife and dog. She can be found online at and
Nalin A. Ratnayake [Schedule]
is an engineer, educator, and writer presently living in Hampton Roads, Virginia. He has worked on a number of advanced air and space systems, and also spent five years teaching Physics and Engineering in urban public schools. Nalin writes fiction under the name N.A. Ratnayake. His speculative fiction has appeared in Crossed Genres Magazine as well as the post-colonial SF anthology We See A Different Frontier. His short story "Remembering Turinam" received an honorable mention in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction, Thirty-First Edition. Nalin's Mars novel, Red Soil Through Our Fingers, was released in January of 2016, and explores a future of corporate-controlled space settlement.
Scott Roberts [Schedule]
Scott M. Roberts writes science fiction, fantasy, and horror while hitchhiking to work every day. His fiction has appeared in Writers of the Future, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, Pseudopod, Podcastle, Irreantum, and the monstrous anthology, Monsters and Mormons.

He is the new-ish (as of June 2016) editor for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.

Scott lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, five kids, a Boston terrier, and the overwhelming urge to go fly-fishing.

Lezli Robyn [Schedule]
Lezli Robyn is an Australian genre author and Assistant Publisher of Arc Manor, who has moved to the United States, where she lives with a gorgeous blue-eyed mini-Dachshund/Chihuahua named Bindi (which means "little girl" in several Aboriginal Australian dialects). Since her first short story sale to Clarkesworld, Lezli has sold fiction to professional markets around the world, including Asimov's and Analog. In 2009 she was proud to become a finalist for the Australian Aurealis Award for Best SF Story, and finalist for the 2010 Spanish Premio Ignotus Award for Best Foreign Short Story, as well as a 2010 Campbell Award Nominee for Best New Writer. In 2011 she won the Catalan Premi Ictineu Award with Mike Resnick for Best Translated Story, for "Soulmates", and they won the award again in 2014, for their short story "Benchwarmer". In 2016 her collection with Mike Resnick, Soulmates, was published by Phoenix Pick. Forthcoming from Hadley Rille Books is On the Mechanical Wings of a Dream, and Bittersuite, to be published by Ticonderoga Press.
Margaret Ronald [Schedule]
Margaret Ronald is the author of the Hunt series (Spiral Hunt, Wild Hunt, and Lost Hunt), as well as numerous short stories in different sub-genres ranging from industrial fantasy to fairy tale to murder mystery. Originally from rural Indiana, she now lives outside Boston.
Lawrence M. Schoen [Schedule]
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, with a special focus in psycholinguistics. He spent ten years as a college professor, and has done extensive research in the areas of human memory and language. His background in the study of the behavior and the mind provide a principal metaphor for his fiction. He currently works as the director of research and analytics for a series of mental health and addiction treatment facilities.

He's also one of the world's foremost authorities on the Klingon language, having championed the exploration of this constructed tongue and lectured on this unique topic throughout the world. In addition, he's the publisher behind a speculative fiction small press, Paper Golem, aimed at serving the niche of up-and-coming new writers as well as providing a market for novellas. And too, he performs occasionally as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues.

In 2007, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He received a Hugo Award nomination for Best Short Story in 2010, WSFS nominations in in 2012 and 2013, and Nebula Award nominations for Best Novella in 2013, 2014, and 2015, and for Best Novel in 2016. He won the Cóyotl Award for Best Novel in 2016. Some of his most popular writing deals with the ongoing adventures of a space-faring stage hypnotist named the Amazing Conroy and his animal companion Reggie, an alien buffalito that can eat anything and farts oxygen. His latest work is a very different kind of book, an anthropomorphic SF novel that explores prophecy, intolerance, political betrayal, and a drug that lets you talk to the dead.

Lawrence lives near Philadelphia with his wife, Valerie, who is neither a psychologist nor a Klingon speaker

Darrell Schweitzer [Schedule]
is the author of The White Isle, The Shattered Goddess, and The Mask of the Sorcerer, in addition to about 275 published short stories. His credits include Interzone, Twilight Zone, Postscripts, Night Cry, Amazing, Fantastic, Galaxy, and numerous anthologies. He is the author of books about Lord Dunsany and HP Lovecraft, an essayist, poet, one of the few ever to rhyme "Cthulhu" in a limerick and live to tell about it. He is also a long-time attendee of DC area conventions and can tell you old Disclave stories.
Alex Shvartsman [Schedule]
Alex Shvartsman is a writer, anthologist, translator, and game designer from Brooklyn, NY. His short stories have appeared in The Journal of Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Daily Science Fiction, Galaxy's Edge, and a variety of other magazines and anthologies. He is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy as well as Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic.
Hildy Silverman [Schedule]
Hildy Silverman is the publisher of Space and Time, a fify-year-old magazine of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. She is also the author of several works of short fiction, including The Darren (2009,Witch Way to the Mall?, Friesner, ed.), Sappy Meals (2010, Fangs for the Mammaries, Friesner, ed.), Black Market Magic (2012, Apocalypse 13, Raetz, ed.), The Bionic Mermaid Returns (2014, With Great Power, French, ed.), Tweets of the Damned (2015, Sha'Daa Facets, McKeown, ed), and The Great Chasm (2016, Alternate States of the Union, Hauman, ed). In 2013, she was a finalist for the WSFA Small Press Award for her story, The Six Million Dollar Mermaid (Mermaids 13, French, ed.). In the "real" world, she is a Digital Marketing Communications Specialist at Sivantos, Inc. For more about Space and Time, please visit
Jon Skovron [Schedule]
Jon Skovron writes fantasy novels for adults and teens. He is the author, most recently, of the Empire of Storms trilogy, published by Orbit Books. The first book, Hope & Red, which Sci-Fi Bulletin called "A rip-roaring tale of revenge", was published in 2016. The second book, Bane and Shadow, was released last February, and the third book, Blood and Tempest, is due out this November.

He is also the author of several Young Adult novels, including Misfit (2011), Man Made Boy (2013), and This Broken Wondrous World from Viking Children's. Jon's short stories have appeared in publications like ChiZine and Baen's Universe, and more recently in anthologies such as GRIM from Harlequin Teen and Summer Days and Summer Nights from St. Martins Press.

He lives with his two sons just outside Washington DC, where he hosts a regular writing discussion series at the Arlington Public Library. You can find his website at and subscribe to his newsletter at

Alan Smale [Schedule]
Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, science fiction and fantasy. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, "A Clash of Eagles", won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and his series of novels set in the same universe, Clash of Eagles (2015), Eagle in Exile (2016), and Eagle and Empire (2017), are available from Penguin Random House/Del Rey. Alan has sold 40+ pieces of shorter fiction to Asimov's, Realms of Fantasy, Abyss & Apex, and numerous other magazines and original anthologies, and his non-fiction science pieces about terraforming and killer asteroids have appeared in Lightspeed.

Alan grew up in England, and has degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from Oxford University. He currently performs research on black holes and neutron stars at the Goddard Space Flight Center, with over a hundred published papers, and serves as director of NASA's X-ray and gamma-ray astrophysics data archive. Alan also sings bass for high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella in schools across the country. Check out his Web site at, or follow him on Facebook/AlanSmale or Twitter/@AlanSmale.

Chad Eric Smith [Schedule]
is a musician, writer, film director, activist and an award-winning actor. Smith has held leading, supporting, and featured roles in several independent films, including the horror mystery thriller "The Suffering," the award-winning romantic drama "Last Night," the superhero comedy "Squid Man," and the upcoming films "Secret City Bluz," "An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)," and "The Meek". In 2015, he starred in the two-character, critically-acclaimed 8-episode web drama on YouTube entitled "Counselor," starring opposite Curtiss Cook (House of Cards). For his performance, Smith received a 2016 IndieCapitol Award nomination for 'Best Supporting Actor'. In March 2017, Smith had his national television debut with a lead role in the TV One season finale of "For My Man." As a filmmaker, in 2014, Smith co-wrote and starred in his film directorial debut, the short vampire comedy "Dark Therapy," in which he received the Gold Peer Award in the "Acting on Camera - Fiction Male" category from the Television, Internet & Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC). He is currently in post-production for the short psychological sci-fi, drama “Rumination,” which he wrote and directed.
Michelle D. Sonnier [Schedule]
Michelle D. Sonnier specializes in mythic fiction, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, and classic horror. She delights in giving a giggle and a shiver. Her most recent publication, a collection of short stories named "Charmed City: Thirteen Tales of the Peculiar and Obscure," is available from Otter Libris in hard copy at ( and in a wide variety of e-book formats at Smashwords ( You can visit her website,, or Facebook,, for all her latest news.
Bud Sparhawk [Schedule]
Bud Sparhawk’s novel Shattered Dreams will be released next May at Balticon from eSpec Books. His latest novel, Distant Seas is available from Amazon and other booksellers as trade paperback and eBook. He has a mass market paperback novel: Vixen and two print collections: Sam Boone: Front To Back and Dancing With Dragons. He has three e-Novels available through Amazon and other channels.

Bud has been a three-time novella finalist for the Nebula award and has appeared in two Year’s Best anthologies: Year’s Best Sf #11 (EOS, ISBN-13:978-0-06-087341-7l, David Harwell-Editor) and The Years Best Science Fiction, Fourteenth Annual Collection, (St Martins Press, Garner Dozois – Editor.)

Bud’s short stories have appeared frequently in Analog Fact/Fiction, less so in Asimov’s, as well as in six Defending the Future and other anthologies, publications and audio books. He has put out several collections of some of his published works in ebook format. A complete complete bibliography can be found at: Bud also writes an occasional blog on the pain of writing at

Janine Spendlove [Schedule]
Janine K. Spendlove is a KC-130 pilot in the United States Marine Corps. In the Science Fiction and Fantasy World she is primarily known for her best-selling trilogy, War of the Seasons. She has several short stories published in various speculative fiction anthologies, to include Time Traveled Tales, Athena’s Daughters, and War Stories. Janine is also a member of Women in Aerospace (WIA), BroadUniverse, and is a co-founder of GeekGirlsRun, a community for geek girls (and guys) who just want to run, share, have fun, and encourage each other. A graduate of Brigham Young University, Janine loves pugs, enjoys knitting, making costumes, playing Beatles tunes on her guitar, and spending time with her family. She resides with her husband and daughter in North Carolina. She is currently at work on her next novel.
Ian Randal Strock [Schedule]
Ian Randal Strock is the editor and publisher of Fantastic Books, as well as a freelance editor and writer. His fiction has appeared in Nature and Analog (from which he won two AnLab Awards), and Random House published his first book, the nonfiction The Presidential Book of Lists, in 2008. In 2016, Carrel Books published his two related volumes, Ranking the First Ladies and Ranking the Vice Presidents. He previously edited and published Artemis Magazine, was the news editor of Science Fiction Chronicle, and got his start in science fiction as the associate editor of Analog and Asimov's sf magazines. Outside of publishing, he's worked as a tour guide, a teacher, a stock trader, and is a serial entrepreneur.

His web site is

Michael Swanwick [Schedule]
is one of the most acclaimed and prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation, and a long-time friend of Capclave. He has received a Hugo Award for fiction in an unprecedented five out of six years and has been honored with the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards as well as receiving nominations for the British Science Fiction Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

His new novel, Dancing With Bears, chronicling the Russian adventures of post-Utopian confidence artists Darger and Surplus, is currently on the stands, and he is at work on the second book in the series, this one set in China.

He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter.

K.M. Szpara [Schedule]
K.M. Szpara's short fiction appears in Lightspeed, Shimmer, and Glittership. He is a graduate of the Viable Paradise workshop and the editor of Transcendent: The Year's Best Transgender Speculate Fiction (Starred Review, Publishers Weekly). Kelly lives in Baltimore, MD, with a miniature poodle. He has a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, which he totally uses at his day job as a paralegal. On nights and weekends, he writes science fiction and fantasy novels that advance his queer agenda. You can find him on Twitter at @KMSzpara.

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Michael A. Ventrella [Schedule]
Michael A. Ventrella's third novel Bloodsuckers: A Vampire Runs for President follows Arch Enemies and The Axes of Evil. He edits the Tales of Fortannis fantasy series, and his short stories have appeared in various anthologies, including Dreamers in Hell, The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives, Rum and Runestones, and Twisted Tails. He also edits the anthology series Baker Street Irregulars with NY Times Bestselling author Jonathan Maberry. He's also written a book about the music of the Monkees, which will be released from BearManor by Christmas. Michael founded and runs Alliance LARP, one of the largest fantasy medieval live action role-playing groups in North America. He founded Animato magazine and has been quoted as an animation expert in numerous books and magazines. Authors, editors, and agents are interviewed on the blog at his web page. In his spare time, he is a lawyer.
Sean Wallace [Schedule]
is the founder and editor for Prime Books, which won a World Fantasy Award in 2006. In his spare time he is also co-editor of Clarkesworld Magazine (Hugo nominee), and Fantasy Magazine; the editor of the following anthologies: Best New Fantasy; Fantasy; Horror: The Best of the Year; Jabberwocky; and Japanese Dreams; and co-editor of Bandersnatch; Phantom; and Weird Tales: The 21st Century. He currently resides in Rockville, MD, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two cats, Amber and Jade.
David Walton [Schedule]
David Walton is a native of Philadelphia and recipient of the 2008 Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, Terminal Mind. His latest books, Superposition and Supersymmetry, are quantum physics murder mysteries that will bend your mind into new and interesting shapes. He is also the author of Quintessence, a science fantasy in which the Earth is really flat, and its sequel, Quintessence Sky. David lives a double life as an engineer in the aerospace industry and is the father of seven children.
Jean Marie Ward [Schedule]
Jean Marie Ward writes fiction, nonfiction and everything in between, including art books, novels (2008 Indie Book double-finalist With Nine You Get Vanyr, and short stories such as the 2011 WSFA Small Press Award finalist "Lord Bai's Discovery"), and "Personal Demons" in the award-winning anthology Hellebore & Rue. She edited the web magazine Crescent Blues for eight years and now writes for other online venues, including Buzzy Mag.
Lawrence Watt-Evans [Schedule]
is the author of about fifty novels and more than a hundred short stories, most of them fantasy, science fiction, or horror. He won a short story Hugo for "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers," but is probably best known for his novel Dragon Weather, and the Ethshar fantasy series. He lives in Takoma Park, Maryland. Check out his website at
Fran Wilde [Schedule]
Fran Wilde is an author and technology consultant. Her short stories have appeared in Asimov's, Nature, Daily Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Her interview series Cooking the Books--about the intersection between food and fiction--has appeared at Strange Horizons,, and on her website.

Fran's first novel is forthcoming from Tor/Macmillan in 2015. You can find her on Twitter @fran_wilde and Facebook.

Diane Williams [Schedule]
Techie, Publisher, Foodie, chronic DIYer, EntrepreNerd, 22nd Century Press and Black Author Showcase community founder, where we celebrated the first Speculative Fiction month in 2007.

I'm a business and technology strategist that creates forward-thinking, collaborative solutions for entrepreneurs and freelancers implementing bold strategies that keep small businesses in profit.

Kenesha Williams [Schedule]
is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Lit Mag. She took to heart the advice, "If you don't see a clear path for what you want, sometimes you have to make it yourself," and created a Speculative Fiction Literary Magazine featuring characters that were representative of herself and other women she identified with. Kenesha has always had a love for the weird and macabre which she has happily parlayed into Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine, finding the best in undiscovered talent in speculative fiction. A gifted communicator she has been a panelist and speaker at different conferences and events, as well as a guest on several podcasts. She is also a multi-genre author; essayist, having written a profile on Misty Copeland for the Time Magazine imprint Motto; and screenwriter who is in pre-production on a horror based web series and a short horror film.
Steven H. Wilson [Schedule]
Steven H. Wilson is an author, podcaster, and publisher. He has interviewed Jonathan Frakes and William Campbell for Starlog, written for DC Comics Star Trek classic and Warlord series, and, most recently, served as principal writer and director for Prometheus Radio Theatre and publisher of Firebringer Press. His original science fiction series, The Arbiter Chronicles, currently boasting nineteen full-cast audio dramas and the novels Taken Liberty and Unfriendly Persuasion, has won the Mark Time Silver Award and the Parsec Award for Best Audio Drama (long form). A third Arbiter Chronicles novel, Sacrifice Play, is premiering in the Summer of 2016, and four Arbiter Logs novellas are available as eBooks on Kindle and all other platforms. Steve is also a contributor to Crazy 8 Press’s ReDeus series edited by Bob Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg & Paul Kupperberg, and to Sequart’s series of essay collections on Star Wars. As a podcaster, besides hosting the Prometheus Radio Theatre podcast, Steve has recorded Lester Del Rey’s Badge of Infamy for, multiple roles in J. Daniel Sawyer’s production of The Antithesis Progression, and Nobilis Reed’s Geek Love audio anthology. Steve entered SF fandom as a fanzine writer in 1984, and worked on the committees and Shore Leave, Clippercon and OktoberTrek before becoming founding co-chairman of Farpoint. He has now (mostly) retired from convention organizing to focus on writing and publishing. Outside of the world of writing, publishing, and podcasting, Steve is Chief Technology Office for Howard County (MD) Fire & Rescue, and a consultant to the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He and his wife Renee and their two sons live in Elkridge, MD.

Steve blogs when time allows, at

Brigitte Winter [Schedule]
Brigitte Winter is a storyteller, a jewelry-maker, a convener of artists and art-lovers, and the Executive Director of Young Playwrights’ Theater (, a Washington, DC nonprofit that inspires young people to realize the power of their voices through creative writing. Along with Dustin Blottenberger, she is the co-founder of No Discipline Arts Collective (@NoDisciplineArtsCollective on Facebook), an artist-led initiative committed to producing cross-disciplinary work that breaks down traditional boundaries between isolated artists and disciplines. Since August 2014, No Discipline has presented six pop-up art events featuring 50 artists and writers and benefiting causes including the ALS Foundation, the Kristin Rita Strouse Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Columbia Writers, and Young Playwrights’ Theater. Brigitte’s short fiction is featured in Columbia Writers’ 2014 anthology, Trapped Tales, and City of Weird: 30 Otherworldly Portland Tales by Forest Avenue Press. Her micro fiction has been published in 101Fiction, Nail Polish Stories, and Alban Lake Publishing’s November 2014 Drabble Harvest journal, Tourism on Other Worlds. All of her celebrity crushes are on authors. Follow Brigitte @bwinterose on Instragram and Twitter, check out her jewelry at, and stay tuned for her latest project: a pre-apocalyptic coming-of-age adventure novel.
A.C. Wise [Schedule]
A.C. Wise's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Clarkesworld, Uncanny, Shimmer, and, among other places. Her collections, The Ultra Fabulous Glitter Squadron Saves the World Again, and The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, are both available from Lethe Press. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly review column to Apex Magazine. Find her online at
Allen L. Wold [Schedule]
Allen L. Wold was born in south-western Michigan, finished high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated fron Pomona College, in Claremont, California, where he later met his wife, Diane. They married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where he began his career as a full time writer. In 1986, he became a full time father. In 2003, he became a full time writer again, when his daughter, Darcy, went off to college, also at Pomona.

He has published nine novels, several short stories, five non-fiction books on computers, and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Currently, Allen has an epic heroic fantasy (3000 pages, 800,000 words) with an editor; a vampire (no twinklies) in submission, a bizarre haunted house story that is far too long, a haunted village story, also too long, and other projects in hand.

Allen has been running his version of a writer's workshop at various conventions for nearly thirty years, and a plotting panel, which people have found helpful.

Allen is a member of SFWA.

Darcy Wold [Schedule]
Darcy Wold was raised in the realm of science fiction conventions, and has never, to her knowledge, been mistaken for normal (a fact of which she is rather proud). She is an editor and metadata curator for CDISC, a standards development organization specializing in clinical data interchange. Her focus is in technical communication, copyright, accessibility, and bridging the gap between web and print mediums.

In her free time, Darcy works with fractals and makes abstracts and fantasy 'scapes. She also designs animated web ads for her chorus, and the occasional book cover for her father.

K. Ceres Wright [Schedule]
Ms. Wright received her Master's degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA, and Cog was her thesis novel for the program. An accomplished poet, Wright's science fiction poem "Doomed" was a nominee for the Rhysling Award, the Science Fiction Poetry Association's highest honor. Her work has appeared in Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia Butler; Sycorax's Daughters; The Museum of All Things Awesome and that Go Boom; Many Genres, One Craft; and many others. She is founder and president of a writer's support group, Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction.

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